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Despite being released back in April, news surrounding the events of Avenger: Infinity War has not slowed down. This is mostly due to the shocking final moments, where Josh Brolin's Thanos succeeds in uniting the Infinity Stones, and wipes out half the galaxy with the snap of his finger. Moviegoers were left to watch in horror as countless fan favorite characters faded to dust, including the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther, and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
But there are also plenty of supporting characters whose fate were left ambiguous, like Shuri and Wong. It was recently revealed that Thor characters Dr. Selvig and Darcy Lewis were recently revealed to have survived Thanos' snap, and now it looks like another major Thor character has survived as well: Natalie Portman's Jane Foster.
This revelation comes to us from a new novel The Cosmic Quest Vol. 2: Aftermath (via CBM) which expands the MCU in the wake of Thanos' Infinity War massacre. In it, it is revealed that Jane didn't turn to dust, and is actually working alongside her colleagues Selvig and Darcy in the "Science Avengers". While the name might be cheesy, the fate of Jane and others has been an ongoing mystery in the months since Infinity War hit theaters.
There are some Marvel fans that are no doubt hoping that Jane and her buddies might pop back up in Avengers 4. Selvig had a key role in the first Avengers movie, and Jane's absence in Ragnarok was pretty noticeable. And with so many of Marvel's heroes turned to dust, it seems like the surviving characters could use all help they can get.
Unfortunately, Jane's return to the MCU seems very unlikely. Natalie Portman seems to have left that role behind, and has been working on a ton of film projects since she was last seen in Thor: The Dark World. While Jane is still alive and well, she probably won't factor into the narrative of Avengers 4. After all, she never made way into the first two, and her story seems to have been wrapped up offscreen through a breakup with Thor.
The Cosmic Quest Vol. 2: Aftermath is helping to answer some of Marvel fans' outstanding questions, as the future is a total mystery in the wake of Thanos' finger snap of death. There have been endless rumors and fan theories in the past months, mostly because Marvel and The Russo Brothers are keeping their cards close to the chest.
But with a first trailer finally arriving shortly, audiences should get at least some sense of the time setting and events to come in Avengers 4. The surviving Avengers likely won't take the galaxy's destruction likely, although they'll need some help from heroes like Paul Rudd's Ant-Man and Brie Larson's massively powerful Captain Marvel.
Answers will finally arrive when Avengers 4 hits theaters May 3rd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.